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AARP Minnesota Age-Friendly Hub

AARP is helping to make communities more livable for people of all ages. Minnesota’s population is rapidly aging, with our 65+ population now larger than our school-age population. AARP Livable Communities supports the efforts of neighborhoods, towns, cities and rural areas to be great places for people of all ages. We believe that communities should provide safe, walkable streets; age-friendly housing and transportation options; access to needed services; and opportunities for residents of all ages to participate in community life.

Discover where and how communities across Minnesota have become more livable and age-friendly so people of all ages can thrive and learn more about joining the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities.

AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities 
The state of Minnesota and a growing number of communities in the state are members of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities, which helps local leaders meet the needs of their community's older adults and respond to the rapid aging of the U.S. population. The common thread among the enrolled members is the belief that the places where we live are more livable and better able to support people of all ages when local leaders commit to improving the quality of life for the very young, the very old, and everyone in between. The work that happens within the network — which is a program within the larger AARP Livable Communities initiative — is hands-on and locally determined and directed.

Learn more about member states, counties, cities, towns and universities below. Enrollment is a commitment by local leaders and residents to engage in a five-year cycle to assess their current state, develop an informed plan, and implement improvements creating better places to live for people of all ages. Each community is in a different stage in the process, and new communities are joining the Network regularly.

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AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities in Minnesota:

Launched in 2017, the annual AARP Community Challenge provides small grants to local governments and nonprofits in order to fund quick-action, ready-to-implement projects that can help communities become more livable for people of all ages. Funded efforts aim to foster community engagement, enhance local housing and transportation options, improve public spaces and support ("smart cities") solutions. 

AARP Minnesota is thrilled to announce that eight organizations right here in our state have been awarded 2023 AARP Community Challenge grants for quick-action projects that will create more livable communities for residents of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.

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